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Chi-Lin on Sunset; Freddy Smalls' new bar director; Guelaguetza

March 04, 2013|By Betty Hallock
  • Freddy Smalls' new bar director is Johan Stein.
Freddy Smalls' new bar director is Johan Stein. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Chinese on Sunset: A Chinese restaurant for the Sunset Boulevard set is expected to open this spring from Innovative Dining Group, the name behind Sushi Roku, BOA and Katana. Chi-Lin will open in April next to IDG's latest, RivaBella (a collaboration with Gino Angelini that debuted in January). IDG says it has partnered with Cecile Tang of Joss, and Studio Collective is designing the space.

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New drinks at Freddy's: Pico Boulevard gastropub Freddy Smalls in West L.A. has a new bar director, Johan Stein, who formerly worked at Red Medicine and Sotto. Stein's cocktail list features classic drinks with a global influence; the menu also suggests food pairings. The Conejo is tequila, pasillo chile, peach, lime and breakfast radish, to go with chef Charlie Parker's barbecue cashews and garden green risotto. The Buffalo Cup is bourbon, yellow Chartreuse, honey, bitters and lemongrass, and pairs well with pickles, smoked fingerling potatoes and chicken liver mousse on toast. 11520 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 479-3000,

Art for Guelaguetza: Guelaguetza has commissioned Oaxaca-based street artists Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega of Colectivo LaPiztola -- a play on the Spanish words "lapiz" for pencil and "pistola" for pistol -- to create a mural on the landmark Oaxacan restaurant that the Lopez family opened on Olympic Boulevard nearly two decades ago.


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